Ukraine’s joining NATO Enhanced Opportunities Program indicates that the country is approaching alliance standards. The corresponding statement was made by Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Olga Stefanyshyna, as reported by RBC.
"The decision to grant Ukraine a new status indicates that Kyiv has done enough in the framework of annual programs and has come close to NATO standards in such a way as to be able to exchange operational information previously closed to us," said Stefanyshyna.
According to her, Ukrainians can be delegated to special NATO bodies as liaison officers for interaction and information exchange.
Stefanyshyna noted that now Ukraine would be able to carry out joint military exercises with member countries of the alliance since its military charters and documents comply with NATO.
On June 12, Ukraine received the status of a member of the NATO Enhanced Opportunities Program.
This program aims to support and deepen cooperation between allies and partners, which have made significant contributions to NATO-led operations and missions.
As an Enhanced Opportunities Partner, Ukraine will have expanded access to interaction programs, as well as a wider exchange of information. However, the new status does not affect the decision on the country's membership in the Alliance.